A 12-year-old Ohio boy has been charged with murder in juvenile court, days after telling a police dispatcher he shot his mother's boyfriend because the man threatened him.
A complaint filed Tuesday alleges the boy used a .22-caliber revolver to shoot the man Saturday in Delaware County in central Ohio.
The boy called police and calmly told a dispatcher about the shooting. His mother then took the phone and said between screams and sobs that she and her son had been threatened with a gun.
The Delaware Gazette reports a defense attorney said in court that the child doesn't have a history of violent behavior.
Defense attorney Michael Cox declined to comment to The Associated Press on Tuesday.
A judge has ruled to keep the boy in detention.